Fingers crossed for North Coast matrics

It is crunch time for the matrics of 2017 as they put pen to paper for the start their final examinations.

Last year, KZN scored the third lowest pass rate in the country at 66.44 percent while the Ilembe district hit rock bottom as the lowest performing district in KZN, with a pass rate of 52.24 per cent.

One school within the district was among the nine with zero per cent pass rate.

There are 163 669 pupils registered for the final examinations.

The education department replaced the previous Ilembe district director Thembi Vilakazi with Dr Musa Madondo at the beginning of this year.

Meanwhile, in Tongaat the principal of Fairbreeze Secondary School said the main challenge in addition to the language barrier is that the culture in schools has changed where mediocracy is being passed as excellence.

He said the schools mid-year and trial results did not look promising.

“Despite many classes and programmes, we are still seeing pupils struggling to pass. For most pupils in this school and in KZN, English is not their first language and this is a serious challenge.

Last year, 26 of our pupils failed and of that 26, 19 failed English. We can never know the true potential of this country or our children if they are not taught that failing and not taking education seriously, is unacceptable.”

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Erica Abrahams

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